Episode 474: Clarifying Decision Rights

In Episode 474 of the NewChurches Q&A Podcast, Daniel and Todd discuss clarifying decision rights within a multisite context.

“We are presently looking at how to clarify what decisions are acceptable to be made campus to campus. For example, one campus may decide a cleaner is best for them, while another decides they like a different type of cleaner. Or a student ministry may have concessions at one campus, while another campus may not. Or one campus may decide to run kids training in a little different way than another campus. Do y’all have a list of items that you allow to differ from campus to campus?”

In This Episode, You’ll Discover:

  • How to divide decisions based on importance
  • Why it’s important to have clear values

 Shareable Quotes (#NewChurches):

  • “It is so important that everyone is clear on their decision rights.” – @danielsangi
  • “Are you an identical twin, a sibling, or a cousin? How much DNA do you share?” – @toddadkins
  • “Ideally, if you are not absolutely clear in your vision and values, then people will not know how to make decisions.” – @toddadkins
  • “If you want consistency in how people make decisions, and you want to delegate responsibility and authority, then you have to be clear.” – @toddadkins
  • “If you are initiative driving, then lead up and bring about clarity within your department.” – @danielsangi
  • “Unless you have a clear set of core values that dictate how you do everything you do, it’s going to be the executive team deciding and no one else knows why.” – @danielsangi
  • “As you are doing this, the last thing you want to do is have so much rigidity that you have a massive policy playbook for multisite that every decision you make has to be looked up to see what was decided.” – @danielsangi

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Published March 16, 2020

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